I feel that my own experience and background put me in a strong position for understanding the culture of British colonialism in some depth. Coming from an intellectual English family, and studying Classics and Social Anthropology at Oxford, I went on to do a degree in Sociology at Delhi University, There, under the influence of friends and teachers, I started to question many things about the intellectual tradition I grew up in. At the same time, I started to visit tribal areas, and to feel at home in three quite different cultures- for tribal India is as different from mainstream India, as that is from Britain, or more so. I have visited tribal villages not as an anthropologist but as a human being beginning to see the world from the other side......... more
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